How to Make Your Vote Count: Redistricting in PA

Fair Districts PA (FDPA) speaker Dr. Mark Schafer will discuss the history of gerrymandering in Pennsylvania, its impacts on various communities and FDPA’s proposed plan for reform. Redistricting reform is a non-partisan issue, and reforms that have passed in other states have had the support of voters across party lines.

Fair Districts PA (FDPA) is a non-profit and nonpartisan organization comprised of groups and individuals who believe that in American democracy, elections should represent the will of all the people, not just the politicians, and should provide citizens with meaningful choices in electing representatives. To achieve this goal, FDPA members want to take the redrawing of legislative districts lines out of the hands of politicians and put it into the hands of a non-partisan, independent, transparent citizens commission so that districts lines are not drawn to benefit or disadvantage any political party or candidate. Voters should select their legislators, rather than legislators selecting their voters.

Contacts

How to Solve PA’s Gerrymandering Problem

Join Fair Districts PA on MARCH 30 at Bryn Mawr College to learn more about gerrymandering and how you can help change things.  Pennsylvania’s current redistricting rules let politicians pick their voters, not voters their legislators.  Carol Kuniholm will discuss the history of gerrymandering in PA, its impacts on various communities, and Fair District PA’s proposed plan for redistricting reform.  Redistricting reform is a non-partisan issue and reforms that have passed in other states have had the support of voters across party lines.  Fair Districts PA hopes to create an independent citizens commission for drawing district boundaries in time for PA’s 2020 redistricting.

RSVP to attend on March 30, 7pm at Bryn Mawr College, McPherson Auditorium, 150 N. Merion Ave.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1875790289371967/

Partisan Redistricting in PA: Its Causes and a Solution

The Havertown-Area Community Action Network (HCAN) is sponsoring an educational program on the dangers of gerrymandering and on how to reform Pennsylvania’s redistricting process. Dan Loeb, a speaker for Fair Districts PA, will conduct the presentation, which will be followed by a Q&A session.

Fair Districts PA (FDPA) is a non-profit and nonpartisan organization comprised of groups and individuals who believe that in American democracy, elections should represent the will of all the people, not just the politicians, and should provide citizens with meaningful choices in electing representatives. To achieve this goal, FDPA members want to take the redrawing of legislative districts lines out of the hands of politicians and put it into the hands of a non-partisan, independent, transparent citizens commission so that districts lines are not drawn to benefit or disadvantage any political party or candidate. Voters should select their legislators, rather than legislators selecting their voters.

A Proposed Solution to PA’s Gerrymandering Problem

This meeting is being hosted by DELCO PA Indivisible in order to greet new members, receive organizational updates and learn from guest speaker Debra Ciamacca from Fair Districts PA. Debra’s presentation will explore the extent of gerrymandering in Pennsylvania, discuss the problems it causes and offer a solution.

This event is open to anyone interested in joining us as we stand together to reclaim and re-envision our constitutional democracy through ordinary, courageous and non-partisan acts of resistance.

Fair Districts PA is a non-profit and nonpartisan organization comprised of groups and individuals who want to take the redrawing of legislative districts lines out of the hands of politicians and put it in the hands of a non-partisan, independent, transparent citizens commission so that districts lines are not drawn to benefit or disadvantage any political party or candidate. Voters should select their legislators, rather than legislators selecting their voters.

Gerrymandering

You are invited to a discussion on gerrymandering led by Fair Districts PA. We will explore the problem in Pennsylvania, its impact on democracy and a proposed solution.

Contact
Suzi Harris
suziharris@verizon.net
302-299-0253

Fair Districts PA is a non-profit and nonpartisan organization comprised of groups and individuals who want to take the redrawing of legislative districts lines out of the hands of politicians and put it in the hands of a non-partisan, independent, transparent citizens commission so that districts lines are not drawn to benefit or disadvantage any political party or candidate. Voters should select their legislators, rather than legislators selecting their voters.

Gerrymandering Teach-in

Educational program by Andrea Kalb of Fair Districts PA on how the current redistricting process in Pennsylvania undermines democracy and creates partisan gridlock, and on the current proposal to fix this problem.

Fair Districts PA (FDPA) is a non-profit and nonpartisan organization comprised of groups and individuals who believe that in American democracy, elections should represent the will of all the people, not just the politicians, and should provide citizens with meaningful choices in electing representatives. To achieve this goal, FDPA members want to take the redrawing of legislative districts lines out of the hands of politicians and put it into the hands of a non-partisan, independent, transparent citizens commission so that districts lines are not drawn to benefit or disadvantage any political party or candidate. Voters should select their legislators, rather than legislators selecting their voters.

Redistricting 101: A Conversation With Fair Districts PA and Rep. Mary Jo Daley

You are invited to a joint town hall meeting with Carol Kuniholm of Fair Districts PA and State Rep. Mary Jo Daley (D-Montgomery) to discuss redistricting reform in Pennsylvania. This event will provide information about gerrymandering and the possibility for reform. It will also offer attendees the opportunity to interact with others working for change.

Rep. Daley was a primary sponsor of HB 1835, the redistricting reform bill supported by Fair Districts PA in the 2017-2018 legislative session. She believes that under the current system, politics often plays too large a role in redistricting decisions, explaining:

Redistricting reform is one of the most important topics we have to deal with in the legislature because it affects nearly every partisan vote we face in session. Too often, the party in power has too much influence on drawing political boundaries, and the process becomes nothing more than gerrymandering.

I hope to see as many people as possible at the town hall – our voices on the matter can help make a difference.

Contact
Maria Teresa Dispenziere, Chief of Staff
610-832-1679
mdispenziere@pahouse

Fair Districts PA is a non-profit organization comprised of groups and individuals who want to take the redrawing of legislative districts lines out of the hands of politicians and put it in the hands of a non-partisan, independent, transparent citizens commission so that districts lines are not drawn to benefit or disadvantage any political party or candidate. Voters should select their legislators, rather than legislators selecting their voters.

Solidarity Sunday Event: Redistricting Information

Win Win Coffee Bar is hosting its third Solidarity Sunday. This event will feature a presentation by Rob Maliff, a Fair Districts PA (FDPA) volunteer, who will give an overview of Pennsylvania’s current redistricting process, the problems it causes and the solution advocated by FDPA.

Admission is free. Solidarity Sunday events also include a community pay-what-you-can meal and a letter-writing opportunity, with postcards and some stamps provided.

Contact
Bevin Journey
Bevin.journey@gmail.com

Fair Districts PA is a non-profit organization comprised of groups and individuals who want to take the redrawing of legislative districts lines out of the hands of politicians and put it in the hands of a non-partisan, independent, transparent citizens commission so that districts lines are not drawn to benefit or disadvantage any political party or candidate. Voters should select their legislators, rather than legislators selecting their voters.

Standing Room Only at Gerrymandering Talk

Dan Loeb explaining gerrymandering.

Dan Loeb explaining gerrymandering.

Many Pennsylvania voters are concerned about gerrymandering and want to work towards fair voting districts. Dan Loeb, publisher of The Philadelphia Jewish Voice, gave a lecture on gerrymandering to an overflow crowd at the Ludington Library in Bryn Mawr. After all the seats were filled, dozens more people sat on the floor or stood on the sides and the back of the large meeting room.

State Rep. Mary-Jo Daley and Lower Merion Township Commissioner Brian Gordon were on hand to answer questions. Dan was introduced by Gayle Samuels of Fair Districts PA and the League of Women Voters.

Dan Loeb, a PhD. mathematician, said, “Voters are supposed to choose their legislatures. However, with gerrymandering, legislators choose their voters” (to ensure they will be re-elected). [Read more…]